Nevada Child Support

How to apply for child support in Nevada

The Nevada Child Support Enforcement Program is operated by the Division of Welfare and Supportive Services. Anyone who would like to apply for child support services in the state can download, print and complete the official application for child support services for Nevada. The application can then be mailed or faxed. It is also possible to simply walk into a local office to drop off a completed application.  Download Forms.

How to Calculate Child Support in Nevada?

Child support in Nevada is determined using a formula that takes into account a parent’s gross monthly income and the number of children involved. The amount of time each parent spends with a child, the relative income of both parents, the value of services provided by each parent and a number of other factors are also used when determining a support obligation. The minimum amount of support that can be ordered per month in Nevada is $100.

How to claim and pay child support?

Child support is delivered through a Nevada Debit Card automatically as soon as child support payments are received. This card is a prepaid Visa® debit card issued through Bank of America. Payments that are owed can be made using an online portal or by mail.

Child Support Performance Stats for Nevada

The Division of Welfare and Supportive Services uses a number of factors to determine the performance of the state's Child Support Enforcement Program. The results offer a glimpse into the agency's efficiency and the trends among program participants.

Statistics for Regular On-Time Payments Collection

Other Incentive Performance Measures

Performance Measures 2012 2013 2014 2015 2016
Statewide Paternity Establishment (%) N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A
IV-D Paternity Establishment (%) 117.24 117.53 116.48 118.66 126.44
Support Order Establishment (%) 81.62 82.92 85.44 87.02 86.47
Cost-Effectiveness ($) 4.05 3.9 4 4.13 3.83

Total Number of Children in the Child Support Program

Total Distributed Collections and Total Administrative Expenditures ($ Millions)

2012 2013 2014 2015 2016
Total Distributed Collections ($) 171.93 175.39 175.81 179.73 183.85
Total Distributed to Families ($) 161.66 165.76 166.26 170.28 174.13
Total Administrative Expenditures ($) 49.9 52.5 51.2 50.65 55.94

Average Collections per Case with Collections

Can child support be paid off early

While payments can’t be made early, doing so won't prevent a person from owing extra funds if circumstances increase a payment obligation.

What Will happen if You fall Behind Child Support Payment?

The Nevada Child Support Enforcement Program will use all resources and legal means to attempt to collect funds that are overdue.

Can you get alimony and child support at the same time?

Yes, it is possible to receive alimony and child support at the same time.

Can you stop child support payments?

Support payments can only be stopped through a modification or court order. Simply stopping payments could result in felony charges.

Child Support and Taxes

Support payments in Nevada essentially have no impact on the taxes of the person making the payments or the person receiving the payments. However, a parent making payments may still be able to get some tax-related benefits by claiming a child as a dependent.

Can child support payments be claimed on taxes in Nevada?

No, child support payments cannot be claimed on taxes in Nevada.

How does my child support affect my taxes in Nevada?

Support payments are not considered taxable income. That means the person receiving it does not need to make tax payments.

Can child support be taken pre tax?

Support payments are not considered taxable income. That means the person receiving it does not need to make tax payments.

Can child support Take my federal tax return?

Nevada's Child Support Program can work with the IRS to seize a tax return as a way to recover unpaid child support.

Paternity Establishment

It is necessary to establish paternity in Nevada before a support obligation can be created and enforced.

How do you establish paternity?

Paternity in Nevada is established automatically if a mother and father are married at the time of birth. It can also be established if the mother and father have signed a voluntary acknowledgement of paternity. In addition, a judge can declare that a man is the legal father of a child through a court hearing or by a default order.

What rights does a father have if not on birth certificate?

A father has no custody or visitation rights until paternity has been established.

Can a mother refuse me paternity test?

A paternity test may be ordered via a court order if a mother refuses.

How to establish paternity if the father is deceased?

Genetic testing can usually be performed on a family member.

Can a father get a paternity test without the mother?

A father cannot subject a minor child to genetic testing without the consent of a primary legal guardian.

How long does a father have to establish paternity in Nevada?

Fathers typically have until a child turns 18 to establish paternity.

Support order establishment

Support establishment in Nevada is initiated when a parent contacts the Family Support Division of the District Attorney’s Office. An application will need to be completed. The office can assist with finding a non-custodial parent, establishing paternity and modifying an order. A parent also has the option to file a motion with a family court.

State Child Support orders

Child support orders may need to be updated if circumstances regarding a family or a child change.

Can child support be modified?

Yes, child support can be modified by filing a modification request with a court.

How do I file for a modification of child support?

A parent can request a review for modification by contacting the agent managing a case.

Can a child support order appealed?

Change in income of at least 20 percent for the parent making payments must occur before the agency will consider a request for appeal or modification.

Do you need a lawyer to modify child support?

While a lawyer is not required, seeking professional legal guidance is highly recommended.

When can you modify child support?

36 months after an order has been created.

Child support Enforcement

How long does the child support enforcement take?

Enforcement times vary depending on whether or not a non-custodial parent needs to be located or if paternity is being contested.

What to do when child support is not paid?

A parent should reach out to their case manager at the Nevada Child Support Enforcement Program.

What Happens if I’m not paying Child support?

The Nevada Child Support Enforcement Program will use all available legal means to collect unpaid support payments. This includes seizing paychecks, unemployment benefits and tax refunds. A parent who owes money may face liens and suspended personal and professional licenses. Nonpayment could result in felony charges.

How much overdue child support payment can be considered a felony?

Overdue payments that total $10,000 or that have been outstanding for two years or more.

Can child support debt be forgiven?

No, child support debt can not be forgiven in Nevada.

Support Order Termination

How do I stop a child support order?

It will be necessary to request a modification or hearing.

When Can I Apply for Child Support Termination?

If a custody situation changes or when a child becomes legally emancipated.

Can the custodial parent close a child support case?

Both parents have the right to request a hearing for the sake of establishing or modifying a support order.

When Can I Stop Paying Child Support?

Child support in Nevada is automatically terminated when a child turns 19 or graduates from high school at age 18

What is the legal age to stop paying child support?

The legal age tos top paying child support in NV is 18 years old.

Nevada hearing rights

Both parents have the right to request a hearing for the sake of establishing or modifying a support order.

Nevada Child Support Guidelines

Nevada's support guidelines help to determine the obligations of each parent. Joint physical custody is the preferable option in Nevada based on a Nevada Supreme Court ruling.

Nevada Child Support Coverage

What is child support meant to cover?

All of the aspects of raising a child. This includes food, shelter, clothing and more.

Does Child Support Cover Medical Care Expenses?

Yes, in most cases medical expenses are covered by child support.

What if Both Parents are working, will Child Support Cover child care services?

The person making payments is expected to cover at least a reasonable portion of childcare expenses.

Are Car Maintenance Costs Covered by Child Support?

Yes, in most cases car maintenance costs are covered by child support.

What is Considered Basic Entertainment for Child Support?

Internet access, admission to events and movies, access to television programs and other age-appropriate forms of entertainment.

Are College expenses Covered by Child Support in Nevada?

Not under normal circumstances.

Are Extracurricular Activities covered by Support?

Yes, extracurricular activities are covered by support.

Are School Related Costs Covered by Child Support?

Yes, up until high school graduation.

Nevada Child Support Offices

Institution name Physical address Email address Phone number Website
Division of Welfare and Supportive Services - Child Support 1470 E College Pkwy #122, Carson City cse@dwss.nv.gov (800) 992-0900 https://dwss.nv.gov/Support/1_0_0-Support/

County Child Support Offices in NV

County name Institution name Physical address Email address Phone number Website
Carson City Washoe County, NV Reno Program Area Office - Child Support Enforcement 300 East 2nd Street, Suite 1200, Reno, NV 89501 N/A 1(775) 448-5150 http://carson.org/government/departments-a-f/district-attorney/child-support-enforcement
Churchill County Churchill County, NV District Attorney - Child Support Office 165 North Ada Street, Fallon, NV 89406 N/A 1(775) 423-8423 http://www.churchillcounty.org/index.aspx?nid=241
Douglas County Washoe County, NV Reno Program Area Office - Child Support Enforcement 300 East 2nd Street, Suite 1200, Reno, NV 89501 N/A 1(775)448-5150 https://dwss.nv.gov/Contact/Child_Support_Northern_Offices/
Elko County Elko County, NV District Attorney - Child Support Office 540 Court Street, 2nd Floor, Elko, NV 89801 N/A 1(775) 738-3474 http://www.elkocountynv.net/departments/district_attorney/da/child_support.php
Eureka County Elko County, NV Child Support Office 1020 Ruby Vista Drive, Suite 101, Elko, NV 89801 N/A 1(775) 753-1187 https://dwss.nv.gov/Contact/Child_Support_Northern_Offices/
Humboldt County Humboldt County, NV Child Support Office 20 E Fifth St - PO Box 909, Winnemucca, NV 89446 hccs-brenda@hcnv.us 1(775) 623-6362 http://www.hcnv.us/172/Child-Support
Lander County Elko County, NV District Attorney - Child Support Office 540 Court Street, 2nd Floor, Elko, NV 89801 N/A 1(775) 738-3474 https://dwss.nv.gov/Contact/Child_Support_Northern_Offices/
Lyon County Lyon County, NV Child Support Office 31 South Main Street, Yerington, NV 89447 bhill@lyon-county.org 1(775) 463-6530 https://www.lyon-county.org/226/Child-Support
Pershing County Pershing County, NV Child Support Office 535 Western Ave - PO Box 299, Lovelock, NV 89419 N/A 1(775) 273-1313 https://dwss.nv.gov/Contact/Child_Support_Northern_Offices/
Storey County Washoe County, NV Reno Program Area Office - Child Support Enforcement 300 East 2nd Street, Suite 1200, Reno, NV 89501 N/A N/A https://dwss.nv.gov/Contact/Child_Support_Northern_Offices/
Washoe County Washoe County, NV District Attorney - Child Support Office 1 South Sierra Street, 4th Floor - PO Box 11130, Reno, NV 89520 N/A 1(775) 789-7100 https://dwss.nv.gov/Contact/Child_Support_Northern_Offices/
White Pine County Elko County, NV Child Support Office 1020 Ruby Vista Drive, Suite 101, Elko, NV 89801 N/A 1(775) 753-1187 https://dwss.nv.gov/Contact/Child_Support_Northern_Offices/
Clark County Clark County, NV Child Support Office 1900 East Flamingo Road, Suite 100, Las Vegas, NV 89119 N/A 1(702) 671-9200 http://www.clarkcountynv.gov/district-attorney/fs/Pages/default.aspx
Esmeralda County Clark County, NV Child Support Office 1900 East Flamingo Road, Las Vegas, NV 89119 N/A 1(702) 486-1095 https://dwss.nv.gov/Contact/Child_Support_Northern_Offices/
Lincoln County Elko County, NV Child Support Office 1020 Ruby Vista Drive, Suite 101, Elko, NV 89801 N/A 1(775) 753-1187 https://dwss.nv.gov/Contact/Child_Support_Northern_Offices/
Mineral County Mineral County, NV District Attorney - Child Support Office 166 E Street - PO Box 1210, Hawthorne, NV 89415 N/A 1(775) 945-0707 http://www.mineralcountynv.us/government/child_support.php
Nye County Nye County, NV Child SUpport Office 101 Radar Road - PO Box 593, Tonopah, NV 89049 N/A 1(775) 482-8117 https://dwss.nv.gov/Contact/Child_Support_Northern_Offices/